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Description - One of the preserves most striking features is the unusual 50 feet sand dunes that tower above the Chesapeake Bay. Because of their height, this area classifies as one of the highest elevation on Virginia's eastern shore. The diverse maritime plant community hosts many rare plants such as switchgrass, wax myrtle, persimmon and sassafras. Despite its bay side environment, this preserve does have thickets of loblolly pine, oaks, eastern red cedar and black cherry. The preserve is used for research, education and special use activities. Bird-watching and hiking are available.

Recreation - Kiptopeke State Park is a few miles south on Rt. 13. It offers overnight facilities, a large fishing pier and swimming beach. It is best known for its large bird-watching observation deck.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The eastern portion of the state has winter temperatures averaging above 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The eastern portion of Virginia generally experiences temperatures above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). High humidity along with warm temperatures can be uncomfortable.

Location - The preserve is located off Rt. 13 on the eastern shore 10-15 miles north from the northern terminus of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. From Rt. 13 in Eastville, travel southwest on Rt. 634 for about 5 miles. Parking is alongside the quiet road.


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Contact Information:
Virginia Natural Heritage Program, 217 Governor Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-371-2671

Additional Information:
Tidewater, Hampton Roads & Eastern Shore Travel Region - Home to one of America's largest resort cities which has two state parks and a national wildlife area within its borders.

Links:
Kiptopeke State Park - Official agency Website
Virginia Natural Heritage Program - Official agency Website

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